Lorén Spears at the RI State Library speaks about Roger Williams’ A Key Into the Language of America

(Above) Tomaquag Museum Executive Director Lorén Spears discusses a new edition of Roger Williams’ A Key into the Language of America which brings a Narragansett perspective to William’s 1643 best seller at the Rhode Island State Library on March 4, 2020, Click here for a 100-minute video of the presentation.


(Above) Prior to Lorén’s presentation, Rhode Island State Senator Elaine Morgan presents her with a certificate of appreciation, and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea introduces her to the assembled audience.


(Above) As the audience listens, Lorén goes through the book, pointing out how she and co-editors Dawn Dove, Sandra Robinson, Dorothy Herman Papp and Kathleen Bragdon annotated the original 1643 text that Roger Williams wrote on board a ship he took back to England.


(Above) Lorén explains how Williams wrote his translation of the Algonquian language that he learned while first in Plymouth Colony and later in Providence where he translated for English traders and officials.


Lorén’s 7th grade teacher, Larry Purtill, examines a copy of the original 1643 publication on temporary loan for the event to the State Library from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

Click here for a 100-minute video of the presentation.